Harry has ‘ick factor’ over sense he’s ‘monetising mental health’, says expert

Prince Harry has an "ick factor" over the sense he is "monetising mental health struggles" in stark contrast to "Prince William the golden boy", according to a royal commentator.

Daniela Elser made the comments after Harry discussed job resignations and mental health issues during the pandemic.

The Duke of Sussex said that job resignations "aren't all bad", and that people quitting a role that "didn't bring them joy" should be "celebrated".

He made the comments whilst acting in his role as chief impact officer at BetterUp, a $4.7 billion (£3.5 billion) mental health-orientated consultancy firm.

Writing for news.com.au, Elser said that Harry "could not have sounded more removed from reality" and questioned the motivation behind his philanthropic interests.

She said: "The issue is one of motivation because what has been introduced into the mix over the last year or so is the slight ick factor that comes from someone doing something that looks suspiciously like monetising their mental health struggles.

"Meanwhile, William is only looking more and more like the golden child."

Elser did clarify that Harry's commitment to mental health causes is an "enduring credit to him", but blasted his foray into the corporate world.

She continued: "It is nigh on impossible to sell his BetterUp work as being in service of the greater good, not when it costs the equivalent of $8,208 annually to access."

In contrast, William was praised for his latest mental health project, an episode of Apple Fitness+’s Time To Walk series starring the royal which aired over the weekend.

In it, William opened up about his time as an air ambulance pilot and Princess Diana's death – and the toll both of those things took on his mental well-being.

"It is a move which has earned William nearly anniversary acclaim and it is one that could not be more removed from what his brother is getting up," Elser explained, before dissecting more of Harry's mega dollar deals.

The royal commentator used the release of Harry's upcoming autobiography as an example, a project that is set to bag him a reported $28 million (£21 million).

"Now, $2.1 million (£1.6 million) of that will go to his AIDS charity Sentebale, but the other $25.9 million (£19.4 million)? Presumably into his bank accounts," she fumed.

The Daily Star has reached out to the Duke of Sussex for comment.

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